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Funeral arrangements announced for Chris Hixon, one of school shooting's heroes

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:20:00 PST

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Chris Hixon, 49, the Marjory Douglas Stoneham High School’s athletic director and wrestling coach, who was killed in Wednesday’s massacre as he patrolled the halls.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday at Landmark Funeral Home, 4200 Hollywood...


Parkland freshman turns to poetry for processing her pain

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:10:00 PST

Her best friend died sitting next to her. Three other classmates in the same room also perished. So Eden Hebron has turned to poetry.

The 14-year-old daughter of Igal and Nicole Hebron, has written a poem about how her wholesome, all-American world dissolved into a national tragedy.

Eden, a lifelong...


Nikolas Cruz was regularly in trouble at school for years, disciplinary records show

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:55:00 PST

As a young middle-school student, school shooter Nikolas Cruz regularly got in trouble for using foul language, insulting people, disobeying teachers and disrupting classes.

School officials met with his mother. And counseled him. And referred him to family counseling. And gave him detention. And...


Hollywood paddleboarding

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:36:00 PST

About 40 people took part in the Paddleboard Championship race on the ocean off Hollywood Beach


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'We're lucky. We're alive,' says teacher hit by bullets.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:30:00 PST

Teacher Ernie Rospierski attended the funeral for 14-year-old student Alyssa Alhadeff on Friday.

He has eight more to go.

Rospierski lost nine friends in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

He considers himself lucky he was not one of them.

During the attack,...


Nikolas Cruz would plead guilty to avoid death penalty, lawyer says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, would plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to seek the death penalty, his lawyers say

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said guilt is not an issue in the case of Cruz, who was taken into custody shortly...


Paddleboarders make a splash at Hollywood championship race

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:40:00 PST

Upward of 40 people rode paddleboards, surf skis, kayaks, surf boats and outrigger canoes off Hollywood beach on Saturday morning, as part of the East Coast Paddleboard Championship.

The 18th running of the mostly recreational event covered the traditional distance of 12 miles in laps between Azalea...


Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an...


Emotional crowd at Fort Lauderdale rally demands gun restrictions

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:40:00 PST

Waves of sadness, anger and, occasionally, hope washed through a large crowd that gathered Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale to push for tightening state and national gun laws in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

In the crowd, people expressed their emotions...


Blood and bullets won't stop teacher's passion for classroom

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

Social Studies teacher Ivy Schamis was wrapping up a lesson on the Holocaust for her 30 students when death left the pages of their work and confronted the class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We heard ‘Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!,’ right outside of the door,” Schamis said Friday about...


'Kids are scared': Hoaxes after mass shooting put students on edge

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:45:00 PST

It turned out to only be a false alarm of a potential gunman at North Broward Preparatory School, but the agony in students’ voices was real.

Four cops advanced into the students’ Coconut Creek classroom Thursday morning in a formation, armed with guns and a rifle, not yet aware if a real threat...


Thousands mourn Florida school shooting victims at vigil: 'We’re here for each other'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:45:00 PST

Thousands of students, parents and neighbors lighted the night as they mourned the victims of the Parkland school shooting. They converged on a park for a candlelight vigil Thursday, where they hugged and cried.

Fred Guttenberg didn’t remember if he got the chance to tell his daughter that he loved...


City of Deerfield Beach cancels its Pioneer Days celebration in stand with high school shooting victims and community

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

The city of Deerfield Beach has canceled its Pioneer Days celebration this weekend in respect for the community after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, city officials announced.

“In this time of deep sorrow and mourning, the City of Deerfield Beach is standing with the...


Stretch of pleasant weather across South Florida will last through the holiday weekend

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:10:00 PST

Temperatures in the low 80s with mostly clear skies will be in place for the next few days in South Florida. There is always a chance of a passing shower blowing in on the breeze — but no significant rain is expected.

Here is the official forecast from the National Weather Service:




Paula Poundstone is bringing her 'totally unscientific' comedy to Fort Lauderdale

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:30:00 PST

'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' star will perform Saturday at Parker Playhouse.(image)

Florida school shooting: How was killer able to get around school security?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:25:00 PST

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High has fences, gates and emergency procedures to keep students safe, but a determined gunman found a way around them.

He came when he knew the gates would be open and set off a fire alarm that would dismantle a safety system, officials say. And the school resource officer,...


Florida school shooting: Timeline of the massacre

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:50:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz showed up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in an Uber car — with a rifle inside a duffel bag — and walked purposefully toward the campus.

A school worker recognized him as a “former troubled student,” according to a police report. He was wearing a maroon shirt, black pants and...


Girl, 11, threatened to bring gun, kill classmates in Davie, police say

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:20:00 PST

A day after 17 people were slaughtered in a South Florida high school, police arrested an 11-year-old who is accused of threatening to shoot up her school in a nearby city.

The Davie Police Department arrested Jasmine Powell on Thursday after they say she threatened to bring a gun to Nova Middle...


One of the officers at Florida school shooting helped prevent tragedy in 2016

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:40:00 PST

Coral Springs police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich was in a secured locker room with a wounded student — away from the gunman roaming the halls of the high school.

Heinrich began planning his next move that would eventually mean searching for the killer. He first tended to the student, who had been shot in...


President's supporters gather to show support, mobilize for 2020

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:00 PST

Hoping to develop into a cohesive and potent force, President Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic Florida supporters are gathering regularly to demonstrate their passion for the president and begin mobilizing for his 2020 re-election effort.

Much of the action is taking place in Florida counties that...


The Planner:  Transportation Summit to address needs, solutions for persons dependent on shared-rides or public transportation

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:20:00 PST

After a successful business run, would you know how to exit the business? A Broward SCORE workshop will help you set priorities and put into motion the exchange of ownership, closure or other options. Mid-week, an event: Inaugural Environmental Justice Fair and Symposium will help you focus on...


Suspect Nikolas Cruz on suicide watch in Florida school shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:15:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect arrested on 17 counts of murder in the Parkland school shooting, is being kept in protective custody in jail and has to wear a black suicide prevention vest, one of the attorneys on his defense team told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

State prosecutors will almost certainly...


No one heeded warning signs about Nikolas Cruz before school shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:45:00 PST

Disciplined repeatedly in school, treated for mental health issues, crushed after his mother died — more signs of unheeded red flags are emerging about the young man accused of murdering 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland this week.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, faced a judge Thursday...


OneBlood seeks donations after school shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:40:00 PST

Blood bank OneBlood is in need of O-negative donors to help replenish supplies after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. OneBlood issued a statement asking "eligible O negative donors to please visit a donor center or Big Red Bus blood drive." Appointments are...


Students dove under desks, teachers barricaded classrooms as gunman killed 17 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:50:00 PST

The deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook erupted Wednesday as authorities say a 19-year-old man with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle stalked the halls of Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Expelled from the school over disciplinary problems, Nikolas Cruz is accused of squeezing...